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Nottoway’s Top Grads
Nottoway’s Top Grads
Nottoway’s Top Grads
Nottoway’s Top Grads

Nottoway’s Top Grads

Nottoway School Supt. Dr. Tameshia Grimes made two “house calls” last Wednesday and presented Valedictorian and Salutatorian awards to the the Class of 2020’s top two graduates --- both from Blackstone. Jordan Noel Stallard (left) is this year’s Valedictorian with a Grade Point Average of 4.2714. She plans to attend University of Virginia in the Fall. This year’s Salutatorian is Jayme Leigh Boudreau (right photo) with a GPA of 4.2222. Jayme plans to attend either Mary Washington University or Washington & Lee.

Around Town

AROUND TOWN

For the first time in many years, there will be no ceremony next week in Blackstone to honor this nation’s war dead. Memorial Day is next Monday. The pandemic claims another event.

Around Town

Around Town

Our April Fool edition keeps entertaining. I got a request last week from a lady who wants a copy of the 1988 video of Alabama’s concert at Fort Pickett. The boys from Fort Payne actually did play at the Pickett Stadium, but there’s no known video of that glorious sunny day back in June 1988. If that footage existed, I’m sure it would include some ‘festive’ interviews with concert-goers and show a sea of red Solo cups.

Touching Tribute
Touching Tribute
Touching Tribute

Touching Tribute

Forty-seven vehicles Monday afternoon paraded down 6th Street to salute residents and staff at Heritage Hall, which has been on COVID-19 lockdown (No Visitors) since March 11th. The Mary Baker family (upper left, with Ruby Ingram holding sign) was among those expressing its gratitude to staff. Administrator Diane Barksdale (upper right photo), who was deeply moved by the outpouring, is shown with resident Brenda Archer. Normally, Heritage Hall parades its residents down Main Street as part of National Nursing Home Week. This year, the tables were turned. Residents, who had not left their rooms for several weeks, were spaced apart and enjoyed fresh air and sunshine. All staff and residents wore masks, and music was provided by local DJ Chris Page.

STILL EATING OUT

Despite the ongoing pandemic that has closed some Blackstone restaurants and limited others to only takeout service, the Town of Blackstone’s meals tax collections remain relatively strong.

AROUND TOWN

AROUND TOWN

Not many towns can say they’ve had a new business open during the COVID pandemic, and another new venture is planned in Blackstone as well. Jamie Arthur’s “The Gun Site” opened Friday on Church Street, and brothers Lance and Aaron Dorin’s planned “Dogged Days Distillery” advanced Monday night through the Planning Commission. Town Council will get final say on May 18th. Some product samples might help the meeting move along. Who knows? Maybe “Blackstone VA Vodka” will keep the COVID away.

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